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Jeff Guilander farms with his father Ronnie Guilander and brother in law, Terry Hall. They grow corn and soybeans, and have a small cow-calf operation. Jeff is a former Jersey County Farm Bure…

With on-and-off rain last week and more rain predicted, the push to keep harvest rolling is gaining steam. Soybeans seem to merit the most attention under less-than-ideal conditions, but the calendar is starting to work against a prolonged harvest window. Corn stands are looking weaker with …

A wet week stalled harvest progress and will make the next stage more of a challenge. Continued light rain last week kept adding up until the soil got saturated making mud a factor for harvest. With water standing in the fields, the days of loading trucks or even turning around off roadways …

A pretty slow week as rain and general dampness sidelined harvest progress. Rain amounts were not heavy, but consistent, making for a good week to catch up on maintenance and chores. Corn stalks look a little weaker every day while soybeans look to have lost a little more color potentially m…

The pace is starting to pick up as crops are slowly drying down. Corn is still having trouble getting rid of its last few points of moisture, but I guess that is what fans are for. Soybeans are drier but the green pods and stems are making things a little tougher than usual. Yields have held…

The wheels are turning faster on harvest progress finally. After a rain early last week a lot of combines were put to work after some dry time. Moisture has dropped down to bin levels on corn while soybeans are still carrying some color in the lower leaves and pods making bean storage a litt…

It is the time of year when the sound of grain dryers fills the air. Moistures are in the low- to mid-20s with planting dates not having much of an impact on moisture. Several fields of soybeans will be ready by the end of the week firing up this harvest season even more. Harvest 2021 here we come.

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With the soybeans getting a golden look to them and color draining out of the corn, it is looking more like fall. Early planted and short season varieties are turning the fastest with the fuller season lagging behind more than the maturity difference. Looks like harvest could stretch out lon…

The oven-like conditions of the last week cooked the life out of a lot of the crops. Early soybeans stand out the most with a lot of yellowing showing up and corn lagging slightly behind. Moistures in the early corn are around 40% so it will be a few days before things start breaking loose. …

Things are starting to speed up as days are getting shorter. With crop tours wrapping up, seed meetings picking up and JBC's annual green pasture challenge behind us, fall is barreling toward us. Some early varieties of soybeans have a distinctive yellow hue on them, and a lot of the early c…

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Coming down the final stretch with near ideal conditions is a nice change of pace. Corn looks to be denting and soybeans are filling pods trying to paint a picture of what harvest will return. Aerial imagery shows the variance in conditions using the entire color spectrum. Soybeans have bala…

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The greenhouse effect was in full force last week making crops look better, but rough for manual labor. Some of the soybean fields are starting to come together as the coloring looks to be balancing out. Corn usually does not improve much from this point on, but also has not declined helping…

Looks like the summer heat showed up. We hope it is enough to revive some of the off shaded areas we see in the fields. The satellite images show what we expected to see in corn for the most part with all the replant and water issues, but the variation in soybeans is worrisome. Soybean field…

Another damp week is keeping our attention on potential problems. With a lot of areas receiving 10-plus inches of rain this month, the issues we are facing are not uncommon. Widespread aerial fungicide applications are being made with ground applications planned for when fields start to dry …

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Looks like we can add a few more twists to this year’s test plot of field conditions. With the weeklong rain event, fields with slope look solid while the lower and level portions are looking beat up. A lot of the replanted areas took the biggest hit with ponding evident. Decisions are being…

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A week of greenhouse conditions have started to get this crop back on track. I did not dump the rain gauge for a week to get a running total and on the last day it began to run out the top (6 inches). Rains came daily with high humidity making conditions for plant growth ideal, but a little …

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As I am writing this, we are in a major rain event. Accumulations of 1.5 to 2 inches have already fallen and another 2 to 4 are projected in the next few days. Wind damage is also going to be a concern with powerlines and tree limbs down. Seems like when it starts to settle, another event ha…

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This year feels like one big test plot - with planting dates; treated or untreated seed; replant or spot in; herbicide applications with heat and drought conditions and markets that continue to surprise us. This year will teach us a lot. It is safe to say we all have a few fields we would li…

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 Be careful what you wish for. The rains have gone, and the heat showed up. After a few large rain events, the last two weeks have dried up and the heat has been building, ending the spring planting season. At this point, crop scouting should be done looking down the rows (not across) and at…

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A lot of activity last week as rounds one and two of planting were wrapping up. Decisions on replant get tougher as the summer season is upon us. Waterlogged fields are drying out and with some sunshine, the established crops are beginning to take hold and show some growth. Looks like we are…

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Then the rains came. The best three-day planting window since Easter came (albeit cool) and was followed by a pounding 3-plus inches of rain. Crops that were emerged were flooded and a lot that were not up yet, did not come up. It has left a lot of scrambling to spot in or tear out and start…

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Widespread rains of 3 inches-plus inches fell, cleaning out ditches and flooding low spots that had been looking pretty good. Replanting and spraying are going to take priority as the ground begins to dry out. Planting progress has done well with 75% planted and 50% emerged. There is still a…

The race with Mother Nature is in full stride as a wetter pattern has set in. With standing water on some fields and dust flying a mile away, there has been a lot of windshield time trying to find the right spot. With a window here and there, progress is being made for the sake of timing. A …

It is always nice to be able to row a few fields and get excited about the prospects of a new crop. The early plantings seem to have weathered the "freezer burn" relatively well, and  after a few ugly days, have recovered and are starting to green up. Progress is from barely started to almos…

Last week will put early planting to the test. Nighttime lows in the 20s put pressure on seedling crops that were just emerging. The trick is going to be evaluating the damage and deciding about replant. The crops that were not up may not be better as emergence is spotty and ugly. As usual, …

A good start was hit head-on with wet, cold conditions that look to last into the weekend. It is hard to tell if the seed is better in the bag, in the ground or emerged. Frost/freezing temperatures surely took a toll on emerged seedlings during the last 12 days. Conditions are starting to dr…

 Looks like the 2021 growing season is off and running. The four-day window last week allowed for some light tillage to all-out planting, depending on the situation. Most took the opportunity to get things shined up and troubleshoot potential problems. With more than an inch of rain and cool…

Welcome 2021. It sure is nice to have all the uncertainty, political infighting, protests, and COVID issues behind us. As a true Cub fan would say, "Maybe next year." Looks like we have stepped into the agriculture version of the big dance, March Marketing Madness. By the length of the grain…